Friday, September 21, 2012

Bring-Your-Hubby-to-Work Day

I really lucked out this time. I am working a long weekend away from home for Labor Day, but I get to bring Hubby along for the ride!


Considering that he’s never even seen my airplane, let alone been able to come with me for three days away, I was just a teensy weensy bit excited about this news.

I’m so glad that he works for a bank so that he can have major holidays off! It makes spontaneous weekends away like this much easier.


After our flight this morning from California, I drove home to repack and to pick up Hubby for our half-hour commute back to the airport. The time got bumped up an hour, so Hubby had to leave work a few minutes early. It all worked out.

I was stoked to  have him along! He’s never been to Seattle, and now I get to show him all of the wonderful things that I love about that place!


I always check the oil before and after each flight. The prime time to check is about ten minutes after the engines have been shut down, since that gives the most accurate representation of where the oil level truly is.

This Phenom 300 is well-designed, and even checking the oil is easy. Nobody has to get messy…just look at the gauge!


To help get all of the flight plan loaded before the passengers arrive, and to be able to turn on the air conditioner inside the airplane without draining the battery, we had the Ground Power Unit (GPU) plugged into Gladys.

It’s just a giant battery cart that we use every place we can to assist in starting the engines. We might as well use someone else’s electricity than waste battery power!


But enough talk on the ground…let’s go to Bremerton with my sweetie!


Just like every day in the summer, Phoenix was about to get pounded by some fierce thunderstorms. You can see them building in the distance. Usually, it’s a lot worse. But we’re headed in the opposite direction and will be enjoying temperatures in the seventies all weekend.



We climbed through some pretty clouds that were soon eating our dust. Even with six people and a few bags in back, this little airplane can climb with the best of them.


And soon my sweet-talking got us a shortcut…cleared directly to destination!

Do you see the little arrow by KPWT? What means we’re headed directly there now. We get to skip Flagstaff and BERYL.


I was a little nervous about transitioning to the “ram’s horns,” as these type of flight controls are lovingly nicknamed. But after a few landings, they feel really nice. It’s easy to get used to something that has been so carefully designed,

Embraer does the same type of yoke (control wheel) in all of their airplanes, whether small for corporate aviation or large for airliners.


We passed the Columbia River on our way to the Pacific Northwest today. I kept wanting to point things out to Hubby, but he was way in back, and I didn’t want to take off my fancy noise-canceling headset to yell points of interest to him.

Luckily, my bosses showed him things along the way. They’re just cool like that.


And these mountains were quickly on our route, which means that we’re getting closer to Bremerton! I love the wispy clouds in the bottom right-hand side of the picture.


We pass very close to the Tacoma Airport. Again, I would be quite happy living in Tacoma. It’s near enough to Seattle that I could go play any time I wanted, but it has more of the wide-open spaces that Hubby prefers.

I’m all about making us both happy!


It’s always so much fun descending into Bremerton because of the beautiful Puget Sound beneath us.

We were soon on the ground and taxiing to the ramp. I had radioed ahead to have the great folks at Avian Flight Center bring out my passengers’ car, and it was waiting for us on the ramp.

I love the sunburst! It’s almost like you can hear an angels choir that Hubby is here with me for such a fun weekend!


We were chocked and soon had their car loaded. Since they also have a place up here, very few bags are brought with my passengers. It’s nice that they have clothes in both homes!


Did I mention that this guy is with me? I’m tickled.


We’re hungry, so let’s head the seven miles into Bremerton! I love this drive with the gorgeous, tall, green, smelly trees. By smelly, I mean that it smells like Christmas year-round in these parts with so many pine trees.

And I’m completely fine with that.


Like we always do, we passed a great view of the retired aircraft carriers at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. It’s hard to get a picture from the highway, though!


I was able to get us rooms at the Hampton Inn for $85, which makes me happy. And I asked for a high floor so that we could enjoy the beautiful ocean views.

When checking in, we discovered that this weekend happens to be the Annual Blackberry Festival here in Bremerton! A great weekend just got even better!


I love the view of the harbor. You can see all of the vendor tents below that are ready for tomorrow’s festival. I can’t believe our perfect timing! Now we will have even more fun!


I was really excited to take Hubby to my favorite Bremerton restaurant, Toro Lounge, but I should have realized that he wouldn’t like the whole small-plate idea.

We decided to split the Caprese Salad, the Truffle Papas Fritas (best french fries that I’ve ever had), naan bread, and the beef empanadas.


I thoroughly enjoyed the meal, and it was way better having Hubby there eating dinner with me. The last time I was here, which was my first visit, I sat allllll alone in a booth. But the food was amazing, so I knew that I needed to come back!


I am glad that we were feeling adventurous in trying new things, but I think I would pass on the naan bread with olive tapenade next time. My bread was really dry, and the tapenade was, like all tapenades, a little salty.


And the Caprese Salad was yummy. I’ve never had smoked bell peppers on top, but it added a lot of flavor to one of my favorite dishes.

We scarfed down the empanadas before a picture could be taken. I felt like I had enough food for now, but we ended up getting Hubby a burger just a few hours later as we explored downtown Bremerton together.


Not too far from our hotel is a nice park by the harbor. So you have any idea how much better it is to see these places while holding Hubby’s hand?


He was pretty excited about it, too.


The park has several gorgeous fountains that spontaneously erupt with water about every three minutes (I guess they aren’t spontaneous, huh?). I love that they purposely made them look like submarines. And the lighting underneath just makes them look even creepier.


It was such a beautiful evening, and seeing the ocean together was really nice. I forget how lovely it can be outside during the summer, so it’s always great to escape the Phoenix heat for a few days.

It was fun to show Hubby all of these things. He has never been near this area before, so everything was cool to him. And everything is always cool to me, so we enjoyed a nice evening together.


We climbed the stairs up to the Bremerton Transportation Center next. I love this sign font and wish I knew what it was called. I have downloaded a few art deco fonts to try to find this particular one, but no such luck.


With the festival starting in the morning, we decide to delay our trip into Seattle for another day so we can enjoy the festival tomorrow. This is the ferry dock, where we will catch the ferry to Seattle when we’re good and ready.

Isn’t it pretty all lit up at night?


The harbor is always beautiful, but especially so in the evening.


And from where we stood to take pictures of the harbor, we were this close to our hotel. I love its location on the water! So much to see and do here, and it is very affordable, too.

What more could a hotel offer?!


Over the past few years, lots of construction has been done on this waterfront area to improve the look of things. And this fountain in the courtyard between buildings certainly entertains lots of people with its mesmerizing bursts of water.

It was the perfect view to end our evening of exploring Bremerton. I was so happy to have Hubby with me for this weekend. We don’t get to travel together very often, so this is a double treat!


  1. Looks like a beautiful evening and the perfect place to have a hotel. The food looks REALLY good! Remember how we split everything at Disneyland? That worked well but I suspect John needs to eat more! I can just smell the ocean and feel the cool breeze I can imagine was blowing! Great pics, as usual, sis!

  2. John looks like he maybe, might have, possibly did, actually had a fun time! Glad that you guys could spend a fun weekend trip together!


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